Who do you want to be this holiday season? A calm woman who’s looking for a holiday that’s meaningful and enjoyable? Or a frazzled, overwhelmed b*@%h who’s at the end of her rope and just wants the holidays over with so you can rest? For a more enjoyable holiday season, remember to keep it simple.
Think you can’t choose because it’s the same story every year? Think again! This is 2020, no ordinary year, so the holidays will be different as well. But they don’t have to be worse.
This year we are being asked to celebrate with our household only. It may just be the year to assess your holiday traditions. How have they made you feel, exhausted or satisfied?
As we’ve been hearing that 2020 made us “pause”. As if you needed another “pause” in your life ;)!
Assess how you’re feeling (is menopause making you exhausted, overwhelmed, on edge, angry, drained, etc.?) and adjust your holiday plans to help you feel better and not to put more pressure on yourself and your health.
The gap between reality and perfection is satisfaction!
Do you really need three sets of lights on the staircase? And to decorate the house and the yard with a million Christmas decorations? Do you need to bake three different recipes of cookies to share? Would the family be satisfied with just one side dish versus three?
If you have a family, let them know what you have in mind for this year’s holidays so you don’t get pushback by unexpectedly changing traditions. “Manage expectations”, as people sometimes say. And keep it simple!
Can I help you with your holiday gifts?
You should be very intentional with your gift-giving, especially this year. Buying local, supporting your community and small businesses, is important for our economy and our neighbourhoods. When you purchase something, think how it’s going to affect the person who’s going to receive it. Will your gift give pleasure or improve someone’s quality of life? Or will it just collect dust on a shelf?
I encourage you to give the gift of health this year. Give a woman on your list a WHIM (Women’s Health In Midlife) Network membership!
Heck, give yourself one too! Learn more about the WHIM Network and its benefits here.